Dr. Greger on Plant-Based Athletes, the Best Way to Cook Veggies, and More

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New DVD covers plant-based athletes, the best way to cook veggies, and much more

My new DVD is out today and is available as a streaming video so you can start watching it immediately. As you can see, there’s a variety of topics covered, from eggs and breast cancer, “vitamin B17,” light vs. dark roast coffee, and the best foods for bad breath. All of these videos will be rolling out for free online starting at the end of November, but if you don’t want to wait, you can watch them all streaming right now. You can also order it as a physical DVD.

Here’s the full list of chapters from the new volume—a preview of what’s to come over the next few months on NutritionFacts.org:

  1. Benefits of Tea Tree Oil for Warts and Cold Sores  
  2. Is Lipstick Safe Given the Lead Contamination?
  3. The Gladiator Diet: How Vegetarian Athletes Stack Up 
  4. The First Studies on Vegetarian Athletes 
  5. Vegetarian Muscle Power, Strength, and Endurance 
  6. Benefits of Blueberries for Heart Disease 
  7. Which Coffee Is Healthier: Light vs. Dark Roast 
  8. Does Low Acid Coffee Cause Less Acid Reflux? 
  9. What About Kosher and Organic Chicken? 
  10. Brain Healthy Foods to Fight Aging 
  11. Do Lutein Supplements Help with Brain Function?  
  12. Is Fiber an Effective Anti-Inflammatory?  
  13. Dietary Cholesterol and Cancer  
  14. Eggs and Breast Cancer  
  15. Oxidized Cholesterol 27HC May Explain 3 Breast Cancer Mysteries 
  16. Do Apricot Seeds Work as an Alternative Cancer Cure?  
  17. Does Laetrile (Amygdalin or Vitamin B-17) Work as an Alternative Cancer Cure? 
  18. Is Butter Really Back? What the Science Says 
  19. Are Cannabis Edibles Safe? 
  20. Benefit of Dates for Colon Health  
  21. Are Vegetarians at Risk for Eating Disorders?
  22. Do Mobile Phones Affect Sleep? 
  23. Is Ginger Beneficial in a Diabetic Diet?  
  24. How to Treat Periodontitis with Diet 
  25. Best Foods for Halitosis and Gingivitis 
  26. Best Way to Cook Vegetables 

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Announcing “Flashback Fridays” 

In the last dozen years I have created more than 1,500 videos. How often have you seen me on my Live Q&A’s saying “I’ve got a video on that!”? There’s such a treasure trove of life-changing information now that I’ve decided to start digging into the video vault and bringing back some of the classics, complete with an updated Doctor’s Note on Fridays, starting Nov 9.

I need your help in choosing which videos to feature on Flashback Fridays. What are the favorites you’re always sending to family and friends? What videos changed the way you live your life? What were some of the most interesting, groundbreaking, practical findings you learned? Please let me know by voting here.


The Truth About Food

Dr. David Katz just came out with a new book, The Truth About Food: Why Pandas Eat Bamboo and People Get Bamboozled.  All book proceeds go to a great charity (the True Health Initiative). A man after my own heart!





Live Q&A November 15

Every month I do Q&As live from my treadmill, and November 15 is the day.

  • Facebook Live: At 12:00 p.m. ET go to our Facebook page to watch live and ask questions.
  • YouTube Live Stream: At 1:00 p.m. ET go here to watch live and ask even more questions! 

You can find links to all of my past live YouTube and Facebook Q&As right here on NutritionFacts.org. If that’s not enough, remember I have an audio podcast to keep you company at http://nutritionfacts.org/audio.


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

31 responses to “Dr. Greger on Plant-Based Athletes, the Best Way to Cook Veggies, and More

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  1. I will think about Flashback Friday.

    Those of us who have been here less than a year know that the Flashbacks will help the new people.

    Do you have your videos in date order for yourself?

    I am sure I have missed older ones, but the site is arranged by topics and I find that I go into the topics and then end up in the series. I suspect the series will be the tough part about doing Flashbacks.

  2. Okay, my special request will be for your very first video and for your personal favorite maybe the one you had the most fun making and what is your all-time most popular?

    The people who have been here every day for years can have some emotional insight into you because they might feel like they are getting one less video unless you have some heart reasons in it.

    1. I am thinking you need a vision for how to do it.

      The most popular versus the most important topics versus the most entertaining versus the most practical / useful.

      I might do the process as if it a year book competition and make categories and nominate 10 videos per category.

      Maybe take top 10 of each year and categorize from there?

  3. I would also add the ten most important for Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes to the starting pool. And the ten funniest, if you can remember them.

    I am thinking it gives you something like the Great American Read process to start making decisions from.

  4. I watched Dr. David Katz Ted Talk and he was talking about things like 5-year-olds having strokes and 17-year-olds needing triple by-pass and “adult onset Diabetes” being diagnosed in children under the age of 10.

    All of that interests me as a reality of childhood disease today type topic. I am someone who wants to hear the statistics about things like that.

    I know that it probably falls more under epidemiological studies, but it is one of the topics, which generally interests me.

  5. Topic-wise, I would like more details of the Adventist study, since that is why everybody is justifying fish intake.

    Seems like the vegan women threw things off by dying even before the lacto-ovo.

    I am not all the way up to understanding all these studies.

    I looked at the women with fractured wrist study and they said that something like 57% of the women were eating Meat analogues up to 4 times per week and 25% of them were eating them more than that and they talked about sodium in them.

    I think. If I am figuring it out properly.

    Is there a mathematical way of figuring it out?

    The ones who were vegans didn’t go on hormones.
    The ones who didn’t go on hormones fractured their wrists more often.
    The vegans were low in protein, but it was improved by adding vegetable sources of protein, but the meat analogue or the not taking hormones or the added sodium in the processed meat products are what I am thinking did the damage versus the meat doing the benefit.

    Anyway, that and Autophagy and Vegetables would be subjects I would like. Autophagy gets you either True North or Keto diet. There is only one person that I have found talking about the superfoods and Autophagy, but can they cause Autophagy without fasting? That is my silly question.

  6. Hmmm. Some of my favorite videos include-

    1. How the proton pump in mitochondria need less oxygen to function when we produce enough nitric oxide from our diets
    2. How we can co-op plant phytochemicals to protect ourselves from the same environmental stresses that they face
    3. How many different plants are the basis for pharmacological drugs- which is why whole foods can be such powerful ‘medicine’
    4. How cheap whole plant foods are based on nutrient density, weight, and servings
    5. How a whole plant food based diet not only makes you smell better, the antioxidants actually change your skin tone to give it a healthy glow

    It was hard to only pick a few!

  7. Eh, I’m just going to suggest some more to revisit anyway:

    6. Videos on just how much heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals bio-accumulate in fish
    7. The antioxidant contents of different foods
    8. Amla!
    9. The most commonly prescribed drugs compared to foods for treating disease
    10. The virus linked to obesity found in chicken meat. Or the one about all of the different diseases that humans have caught from livestock over the centuries/millennia

    I know there are a even better videos available that I can’t recall at the moment too

    1. Yay, someone did a list!

      I just was watching The Mitochondrial Theory of Aging and you mention a staving off Cancer video which I am trying to find. Still haven’t found it, but I saw Cancer ones I give to everyone.

      Feels like the topic search improved, the popular ones were better than last time.

      For me

      For Cancer:
      Methionine Restriction
      Choline and eggs and TMAO
      Chicken workers Cancer more
      Foods Versus Cancer was a favorite series

      1. Resistant Starch
        Cholesterol and Cancer
        Casein is one I like, but I know even people like Tom disagree. Still the animal test and Dr Kelly are ones I like.

        1. Fruits and vegetables in DNA Repair
          gut dysbiosis
          Turmeric versus Cancer

          (this is hard to do on my cell phone. I have to remember the list)

  8. The one with half a bucket of chicken with when Cancer grew back and the one where the Japanese had Cancer in autopsy but it didn’t affect them

    Some of my favorite topics

    Gut Microbiome they are what we eat
    Why we know cholesterol causes problems
    Salt which study means it matters
    Reversal through diets
    The Rice Diet / Esselstyn
    Dr Swank
    Dr Ornish’s studies
    Dr Barnard
    Kidney failure -prevention and treatment
    annual exams are they worth it
    COPD / asthma and broccoli / vegetables
    The Alzheimer’s one with the picture which looks like a painting
    The stomach blowing up one

    1. The mammogram one about it not finding the Cancer if you promise to word your woman’s choice about it more carefully

      Walnuts versus Olive oil in Mediterranean diet
      Mediterranean versus WFPB
      Flax muffin shrinking Cancer
      Synergy versus Prostate Cancer

        1. Okinawa
          Equol producers
          Depression and veggies
          Dogs and microbione spread
          The kissing 30 minutes one was a blog and Mozart There could be a video maybe.

          1. The Pritikin and your grandmother series.

            Soy but I still think soy became confusing because of salted soy and soy isolate protein powder studies but the survival rate of Breast cancer is one which sticks with me. So does the pinch of nutritional yeast and the rurmeric and pancreatic cancer.

            For heart disease it is the people who jumped ship in the study and the image of the better blood flow

            Dr Ornish has too many good studies all of them are worth repeating

            I am not listing the Adventist because i haven’t resolved the vegan women dying early in A2.

            The figuring out the dose of B12 to help with honocysteine is one which I go back to.

              1. Thanks Barb,

                Nope didn’t see it. The danger of trying to read things on my cell phone. Letters are too small.

                It was fun looking at them because a lot of them came before I got here. I will have lots of videos to watch to vote. Hooray for having the videos right there.

  9. Happy about the Amazon Smile option.

    You sent it in an email, but it should be mentioned here.

    I laugh that you have art by the same artist that I have art from. I knew I liked you.

  10. Last night, when I was watching Water Fasting and the Mitochondrial Theory of Cancer presented from a Keto perspective, their perspective comes in a neater package. Just stop fermentation of glucose for Cancer.

    That is easier to understand than WFPB. (Even though most people probably eat way too much animal protein and call it Keto, but the simplicity of what they are trying to do genuinely makes a good case for them if you already have Cancer. Not jumping ship. Just wondfering how they have such a simple one-step science concept and my mind has to juggle so many topics for WFPB)

    Water fasting and the Mitochondrial Theory of Cancer is also pretty easy to understand.

    Theirs, I feel like I can just do one thing and my dog’s cancer might go away in 21 days.

    Okay, so for WFPB, how does it work: Mentally, I go to: Plant-fed blood killing cancer, antioxidants affecting ROS, SOD levels increasing by 300% to protect the Mitochondria, the DNA improving (Dr. Ornish), not having the digestive enzymes which digest the Cancer cell wall used up trying to digest animal proteins, Not having IGF-1, unless we eat too much soy. Having lower Methionine (unless we eat too many of the higher Methionine foods) Having lower Blood Glucose and improving insulin – if we are low oil, sugar, and refined carbs. Having more Fiber and resistant starch which help…. somehow…. We get better gut microbiome, which don’t have toxic by-products and which don’t make tumors and they feed off the fiber and resistant starch, I think.

    Anyway, I am wondering if you are going to have a Cancer specific chapter in your How Not to Diet book because I feel like it needs to be integrated with the Mitochondrial Theory.

    I get the part that if you are organic low SOS WFPB non-smoker, non-alcohol drinker that you don’t do as much damage in the first place, but for the people who start this journey with Cancer, the Mitochondrial Theory is eventually going to be what people are taught and that tends to go straight to Keto logic because some of the key authors are Keto oriented.

    I couldn’t do even one sip of Bulletproof coffee without throwing up, and my dog wouldn’t do even one lick of coconut oil, so I need to have my WFPB science straight.

    1. I know it was How Not to Die and probably not How Not to Diet.

      I know that I am wishing for one of those long videos, like the ones in the center to be entirely for Cancer eventually.

    2. Oh see, I left out the plant-based superfoods.

      I am going to just tell the truth right now. If I had Cancer, I went straight to Gerson when I had the symptoms, but after reading the Mitochondrial Theory, I would be tempted to just do Bulletproof coffee if I could stand it, which I couldn’t.

      The fact that Keto and Water fasting each have real studies where they healed dogs and humans of Cancer, does WFPB have it in Study form?

      You put Gerson as a no-go, even though I think you were talking about Gonzalez. Gerson said that there was a cover-up against them. (I don’t remember the exact cover-up, but it was in Healing Cancer From The Inside Out)

      If you take Gerson and anecdotal WFPB away, it is going to be Water-fasting and Keto, because of the simplicity of figuring out the science to do it that way.

      1. Gonzalez allowed meat is what the person who comments on this site who was healed using the enzymes said, so I don’t see Gerson and Gonzalez as the same at all.

        Is it going to be that we end up with them having studies and we won’t because of Gerson being blocked?

  11. If this was a war, looking down the road the fact that we already have rates of 40% of Americans will get Cancer and 60% of dogs get Cancer and the vets are already rabid Keto and that will increase as they figure out that dog food really is causing the Cancer.

    Adding vegetables alone can improve the Cancer 90%, but that is not what the vets are looking at. They are looking at grains and kibble and genuinely do have dogs getting healed on a fairly radical version of Keto. Ketopet Sanctuary is what people are looking at.

    Cancer doctors will be going Mitochondrial Theory eventually and when they do, I suspect that Keto will increase because their science is simple.

    They were talking about things like MS being Mitochondrial and mentally, I know that Dr. Swank stopped the progression in 95% of it, so I will be perplexed if high oil and low oil both will solve the MS equation. Not sure it will. I just already have that as a question mark because if it does, then, I need to back up from “autoimmune” to “autoimmune versus mitochondrial”

  12. Oops, I forgot Dr. Ornish has Prostate Cancer.

    That counts.

    But when I listen to the men, they go more toward a cup of tomato sauce than WFPB.

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